SPECIAL EVENTS IN FEBRUARY
MIND AEROBICS ART CLASS: An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.
AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM: Each Tuesday in February, March & early April, at the Senior Center with a previous appointment. Free one-to-one assistance for moderate or low income persons in completing simple federal and state income tax returns. Sponsored by AARP with trained volunteers. Morning and afternoon appointments available each month. Call 704-216-7714 to schedule an appointment. At the time of appointment, persons should bring with them a copy of their 2014 completed returns, any statements of earnings or income received for 2015, their Social Security card, and a photo identification. Call for more information.
HANDMADE CARD WORKSHOP: Tuesday, February 2 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, February 3 from 9:30am - 10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
LIVING HEALTHY WITH DIABETES: Starts Wednesday February 3, 1:00pm-3:30pm. Class meets every Wednesday for six weeks. This class is geared towards those diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, or caregivers of people who have the diagnosis. Participants will gain practical ways to help manage diabetes through healthy diet and nutrition, and exercise. Sessions also cover medications and other treatment choices, how to reduce stress, and better ways to talk with doctors and family members about the condition. Learn from trained leaders. Set your own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health and your life. The weekly class will meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up, call the center at 704-216-7714.
HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB: Wednesday, February 10 at 2:00pm. This club is open to fitness minded older adults who want to learn about ways to improve their health or increase their strength. Louise Klaver, Active Older Adult Director at the JF Hurley YMCA, and Valerie Velte, Corporate and Community Wellness Nurse for Novant Health Regional Medical Center, will be on hand to offer training on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to assist a choking victim. After the thirty-minute presentation, we will finish the hour with an exercise segment, led by one of our fitness trainers. Please plan to wear comfortable clothes and athletic footwear. If you have any questions, please call the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
SOLITAIRE VALENTINE'S BREAKFAST SOCIAL: Friday, February 12 at 8:30am. Our annual Valentine's gathering for local older ladies who are widowed or otherwise single on Valentine's Day. Sponsored by The Laurels of Salisbury, JJ's Construction Company, and Gentiva Home Health. There will be a full buffet breakfast and gifts. Entertainment will be provided. Free and open to interested older ladies who pre-register by calling the Center by February 9. Space is limited.
ANNUAL PRESIDENTS' DAY LUNCHEON: Wednesday, February 17 at 11:30am for Presidents of senior clubs and organizations connected to the Center. Rufty-Holmes will provide a buffet luncheon to salute the volunteer leadership provided by the heads of the various groups. A program on the US Presidency will follow as well as an opportunity to update clubs on things happening at the Center. Call 704-216-7714 to make reservations.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR OLDER ADULTS: Wednesday & Thursday, February 17 & 18 from 1-5pm. Offered through Cardinal Innovations, this free class is designed to help professionals as well as caring citizens understand the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or mental health crisis, and to respond appropriately. For more information, contact Helen Leak at 704-721-7107 or email@example.com Register through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2486624. Space is limited.
WALK-ABOUTS OUTING: Friday, February 19. Walk-About Club Members will meet at 11:00am at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center Fitness Annex for a 45-minute indoor walk followed by a social gathering and Dutch-treat lunch at Hendrix BBQ. There is no need to register for this event. All current and prospective members are welcome.
WATERCOLOR BASICS - Intended for beginners. Mondays 8:30am-9:30am meeting February 22-March 14. Instructor will be Leslie Frontz. $15 registration fee payable to instructor. Pick up materials list at Front Desk. Space is limited to eight students.
WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, February 24 from 1:00-4:00pm. This is an open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations. There is no instructor. Each artist must be responsible for his or her own supplies and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration is necessary.
MOVIE OF THE MONTH: "THE INTERN": Wednesday, February 24 at 2:00pm. A seventy-year-old retired successful business owner, Ben Whittaker, has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he responds to a flyer asking for senior citizens to apply for an internship via a video stating why they should be hired. He shoots a video resume and lands an internship at a fashion website run by a young, career-driven woman, Jules Ostin. Starring Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Rene Russo. Rated PG-13.Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management. Free and shown on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. (Motion picture license #12137390).
ROWAN COUNTY ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP: Thursday, February 25 at 5:30pm. An open invitation is extended to join the group for a light meal, featured speakers and time to share thoughts, feelings and tips on caring for each other and loved ones with dementia. Affiliated with the Western NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the support group is facilitated by Trinity at Home. For additional information, contact Teresa Dakins at 704-603-2778 or Deborah Tillman at 704-603-2779.
23rd ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY BREAKFAST: Friday, February 26 beginning at 8:30am at the Senior Center. Speaker will be Dr. Catrelia Hunter, former President & Vice-President of Livingstone College. Cost is $7.00 per person at the door, but advance reservations are required. Call 704-216-7714 by Tuesday, February 23 to make a reservation. Open to any interested older adult.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB TRIP TO THE SALISBURY COMMUNITY PARK Friday, February 26.Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 9:00am to car pool to Salisbury Community Park on Hurley School Road. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed or canceled. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.
COMPUTER CLASSES: Please pre-register for computer classes at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Class participants may bring their own laptop or use one provided by Rufty-Holmes. Please indicate your choice when registering. Participants must be enrolled with Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Payment for computer classes is requested prior to the first day of class. The fee for each computer class listed below is $10.00. A minimum of four people is necessary to hold a computer class.
You and Your iPad: Friday, February 12 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Bring in your iPad and improve your skills in basic operations including how to download apps and learn tricks to make using it easier. You will need to know your passwords to your iPad and app store.The fee is $10.
Surfing the Internet: Friday, February 19 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Yes, it is time to come into the tech world and learn how to surf the web. We will explore popular sites and if you want, we will compile a list of sites we liked in class. You may bring your own laptop for class or use one of ours. The fee is $10.
Leave the Snail Mail Behind: Friday, February 26 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. In this class, you will get your own email and address and practice sending emails. You will learn skills such as attaching files to your emails. Bring your own laptop or use one of ours. The fee is $10.
FITNESS PROGRAMS: Join one of 27 different land or aquatics exercise classes offered weekly at the Center. Participants must be registered with the Center and receive a fitness consultation prior to joining a class. There is no charge for participants who hold valid SilverSeakers® or Silver&Fit® supplemental insurance benefit.
CHAIR MASSAGES: Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Fridays by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.
Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.
Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments.
Senior Games Shuffleboard will be held on Friday, February 5 from 8:30am - 11:30am.
Chair Volleyball is held in the Fitness Annex every Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm.
CLUB MEETINGS THIS MONTH:
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am
Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm
Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, February 1 at 8:30am
Ambassadors Club - Monday, February 1 at noon
Busy Bees Crafts Club - Thursday, February 4 at 9:30am
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, February 4 at 10:00am
AARP Chapter - Thursday, February 4 at 1:00pm
Multiple Myeloma Support Group - Monday, February 8 at 10:30am
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, February 8 at 2:00pm
Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, February 10 at 1:00pm
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, February 11 at 9:00am
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, February 11 at 6:30pm
Sunny Days Quilters - Thursday, February 18 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, February 18 at 7:00pm
Veterans Coffee - Wednesday, February 24 at 8:30am
Rowan County Council on Aging - Thursday, February 25 at 1:00pm
LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.
BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center's Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7723 to enroll and for more information. Free.
LISTEN TO "SENIOR MOMENTS" DAILY MONDAY-FRIDAY AT 6:25am & 10:25am ON MEMORIES 1280 WSAT RADIO.
APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.
APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.
ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.
"ARE YOU OK?" SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7703 for more information.
GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.
GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center's Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY (AT APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES PAST THE HOUR) MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE # 1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252.
COUNTY RESIDENTS AGE 60 AND OLDER CAN QUALIFY FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE TO THE CENTER AT 704-216-8888.
SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY LOCAL OLDER ADULT WHO NEEDS HELP WITH PROGRAM FEES FOR CLASSES OR ACTIVITIES. NO ONE IS REFUSED PARTICIPATION BASED ON AN INABILITY TO PAY PROGRAM FEES. SUPPORT FOR PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS IS PROVIDED BY THE BLANCHE & JULIAN ROBERTSON FAMILY FOUNDATION AND THE FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. CONTACT ANY STAFF MEMBER FOR INFORMATION.
WANT TO PROVIDE A SPECIAL HOLIDAY, BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY OR THANK YOU GIFT FOR THAT OLDER ADULT WHO ALREADY HAS EVERYTHING? STOP BY THE SENIOR CENTER OFFICE TO PURCHASE A DISCOUNT COUPON FOR A CLASS OR ACTIVITY OFFERED AT RUFTY-HOLMES.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: In times of inclement weather, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center seeks, first and foremost, to insure the safety and welfare of participants and staff. The decision to close early, or not open the Center and Lunch Club sites, is made by the Executive Director based on weather conditions at the time and local forecasts. In any event, announcements about closings will be broadcast over local AM radio stations WSTP & WSAT. Whenever there is any doubt about sites being open, or a scheduled activity being held, call the Center first at 704-216-7714. If staff members are not on hand to answer your call, an appropriate message will be left on the answering machine. To find out about the rescheduling of activities that are canceled due to bad weather, call the Center once normal operations resume.